Berocca is a multivitamin and mineral supplement designed to taste awesome and make you feel great. It is most commonly available in the form of water-soluble "effervescent tablets" in orange and tropical flavours. Added to a glass of water in the morning, Berocca helps you feel your best during the day, recover from a hangover and even reduce mild symptoms of colds and flu.
This all sounds great, but are there any Berocca side effects you should know about?
film-coated tablets are not suitable for vegans due to the lactose in the covering.
The most common side effect of Berocca
One of the most common Berocca side effects is that your pee will turn bright yellow! This is just the excess vitamin B2 draining away, since each Berocca tablet contains more than your recommended daily allowance, so it's nothing to worry about. It is quite a shock if you're not prepared for it though!
If you're taking Berocca daily, the vivid color usually fades a bit after the first couple of days.
Are there any other Berocca side effects to worry about?
The short answer is no, there are no real serious Berocca side effects. There is a disclaimer on that however, since you're expected to adhere to some basic guidelines while taking Berocca and it could be harmful if you ignore them.
Don't combine multivitamins
Never take more than one multivitamin at the same time unless your doctor says it's ok. There are upper limits to what your body can absorb safely, and multiple multivitamins could push you over this limit.
Follow the recommended dosage
Never exceed the recommended dose of one tablet per day. As with combining multivitamins, you run the risk of overdosing, and suffering some real Berocca side effects (nausea, headaches, stomach pains and the like). Again, remaining within the recommended dosage should prevent these side effects from occuring at all.
Berocca is very tasty and the temptation to attempt eating a solid tablet is something we've all dealt with at some point (at least those of us who get overexcited by fizzy things). Eating the tablet shouldn't be harmful, but be careful to keep it at one per day.
Take note of any side effects
If you suspect you are suffering any Berocca side effects such as unusual headaches or stomach pains, please stop taking Berocca until you speak to your doctor. Better safe than sorry.
Be careful if you're pregnant or breastfeeding
Consult with your doctor before taking Berocca if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, there's no reason to suspect it would be harmful but there are pregnancy-specific multivitamins on the market that may be a better option.
Be careful if you're diabetic
Berocca effervescent tablets do include a small amount of sugar, so it's best to consult with your doctor for professional advice on whether it's suitable for you.
Is it safe to take Berocca every day?
Unlike other "energy-booster" products, Berocca contains only things that are good for you, so it's perfectly safe to take every day. Always follow the above guidelines, and please note that Berocca is intended to supplement a healthy diet, not replace it.